A Louisiana statewide poll released by Americans for Prosperity-Louisiana shows that a majority of Louisianans are opposed to many of the taxes being proposed by Governor John Bel Edwards’administration,
Currently, Louisiana ranks 3rd among states for the highest combined state and local sales tax rate. This decision would make Louisiana’s rates the highest in the country.
The findings showed several of Governor Edwards’ tax proposals are alarmingly unpopular among citizens of the state:
- 83 percent of Louisiana voters are opposed to the proposed personal income tax increase on middle-class working families.
- The Governor’s proposed 25 percent sales tax increase is opposed by nearly 80 percent of Louisianans.
- In addition, 80 percent of Louisianans opposed an increase in the telephone tax on both cell phones and land line
“A majority of Louisianans agree: more taxes are not the solution to our state’s budget crisis,” said Phillip Joffrion, state director for Americans for Prosperity-Louisiana. “The fact that the Governor has decided to take to the airwaves to promote these new taxes shows he knows they will be unpopular and is attempting to sway public opinion on the issue. We know these tax increases would hurt our economy, and that’s why a vast majority of Louisianans oppose the Governor’s proposals. The bottom line is our state cannot afford these tax proposals.”
The poll was conducted February 5-8, 2016 by Haper Polling using a sample size of n=400 registered voters in Louisiana with a margin of error of +/-4.9 percent.